The contributors to this volume are to be commended for offering — even amplifying — this prophetic voice to a new generation. The service they perform has never been more important than now.
For Wallace the conditions required for life (much less the complex diversity of life found on earth) were so many that they make the likelihood of extraterrestrial life highly improbable.
Darwinian theory allowed a framework and easy fit into which Hitler’s Nazis could cast their racial program as both scientific and even inexorable.
Why must Wallace suffer the insults of George Beccaloni?
Why develop speaking or extraordinary learning capacities or complex social units when sheer stealth or speed or agility would have sufficed?